In a crackdown ranging over two weeks, BMC has confiscated close to 4,207 polyvinyl flex banners, 3887 boards and 550 posters from across 24 wards
MAITRI PORECHA Mumbai
The strictest of code of conducts imposed by th
e civic body a fortnight ahead of the civic elections has failed to yield results as publicity mongering political parties rampantly continue to indulge in illegalities.
Even after the civic code of conduct is invoked since January 3 which disallows political propaganda in days leading to elections, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) has continued to pull down umpteen number of political party banners from each of the 24 wards in the city.
In a gargantuan crackdown ranging over two weeks, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) has confiscated close to 4,207 polyvinyl flex banners, 3887 boards and 550 posters from across 24 wards. Parel ( F South) and Dahisar ( R North) take away the prize for having maximum number of banners pulled down in the ward premises by the license department of the civic authority, informed civic sources.
Sources say that the civic body, which has confiscated thousands of such banners, does not know what to do with the banners.
Burning the banners in dumping ground is highly injurious to environment and health of city dwellers as it leads to release of toxic fumes known to cause cancer and infertility.
In the meanwhile, a local shopkeeper in Bhandup, Kirti Shah has taken it upon himself to help save neigbouring locales from getting defaced by flexvinyl banners, which are eventually discarded by political parties. Shah who has sold close to thousand such bags, initiated the experiment to produce 1 foot X 3 feet reusable carry bags from flex vinyl banners after he trampled across several such discarded pieces in Bhandup ( S Ward). ” BMC has issued orders to shopkeepers to charge customers for plastic or other material carry bags. I usually coax customers to buy flex bags.
These bags which cost not more than ten rupees are reusable,” said Kirti Shah, who runs a farsan shop at Bhandup.
In a bid to make more carry bags, Shah is now looking at approaching the BMC to supply him with confiscated banners at scrap cheap rate. ” BMC can definitely consider the idea proposed by Shah. Even as innovative methods to decrease environmental harm are being proposed, crackdown remains our prerogative.
Also a policy to deduct fine from political parties election expenditure is being chalked out by the civic body, if they indulge in putting up illegal banners,” said Mohan Adtani, BMC Additional Municipal Commissioner ( City).
THREAT TO ECOLOGY
Flex banners are disposed and burnt in dump yards – On burning, flex banners emit highly toxic fumes – Inhalation of these fumes can lead to cancer & infertility – Reuse of flex banners is not known to cause any bodily harm – To recycle polyvinyl flex banners into bags, contact Kirti Shah – 9322212208 or Plants & Animal Welfare Society, Mumbai – 25968314.